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Boost Heart Health With Broccoli & Cruciferous Vegetables

One of the stars among vegetables is the group called cruciferous. These include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. Research is pointing to their special qualities with ability to boost health on a number of different levels, including heart and arteries as well as cancer.

Your Secret To Good Health – Prevent Inflammation

More and more science is showing how inflammation can trigger a downward spiral of disease conditions in the body and how the foods we eat have a direct result on preventing it from getting out of control. Eliminating foods that cause this condition is one side of the equation.  The other side is adding foods that have the ability to lower inflammation. We need to do both of these, if our goal is to help our bodies fight off disease and build our immune systems for strong, long term health.

Broccoli contains a natural compound called sulforaphane which has been shown to reduce inflammation at the high-risk areas in arteries – the places where plaque builds up and begins to prevent blood flow at critical points in our circulatory system. This condition is called Atherosclerosis and it can lead to angina, heart attack and stroke. Cruciferous vegetables all contain sulforaphane, however broccoli has one of the largest amounts and is being studied for it’s effect on preventing artery plaque buildup.

have already seen that sulforaphane can prevent inflammation in arterial walls and now they are expanding the studies to see if this compound can also prevent the progression of already existing atherosclerosis conditions.

Easily Jump Start Your Health Today with Broccoli

While the scientists are doing their best to document the various benefits of broccoli and the others in this group of vegetables, we have no reason to wait around and see what they come up with. We can all make a glass of nutritious vegetable juice that includes broccoli right now. Include cruciferous vegetables in your raw salads too.

Here is a vegetable juice recipe that we recommend.

RECIPE – Veggie Juice with Broccoli

- Handful of broccoli tops or inch section of stalk, cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Three carrots
- 1 to 2 inch section cucumber
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/2 lime
- 1/2 or 1 apple

 

 

 

 

Reduce Inflammation with Sweet Or Tart Cherries

For a decade or more I would read studies that listed the amazing benefits of eating or drinking the juice from Montmorency cherries, aka tart, sour or pie cherries. At the same time, up here in Washington State, every summer we had these amazing sweet cherries all over the place, however the research all pointed to the tart cherries as the ones that were the most beneficial.

Could it be the sweet variety also had the same kind of nutrition and health-giving benefits as their sour cousins?  As a matter of fact yes they do. News At 11!  Story to follow.

Every time I would see one of the tart cherry studies, I noticed that most of them were coming from organizations out of Michigan, mostly the universities up there. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I started to wonder if the reason we were seeing only tart cherry studies was simply because Michigan was where most of the tart cherries are grown. It appears this is indeed what happened. There was an interest in doing research about the fruit grown in their home state. It wasn’t that the sweet cherries didn’t have many of the same benefits as tart cherries, it was simply that the studies featured or centered around tart cherries.

Now we are starting to see more research about the sweet varieties like the Bing and Lapin cherries. The results of these studies parallel those of the tart cherry, as far as benefits to lower inflammation and Reduce Inflammation with Fresh Cherries or their juice

Results from a just completed study says sweet cherry consumption may “reduce risk or modify the severity of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, CVD, blood pressure and cancer.” This research was headed by Darshan S. Kelley, PhD., a Research Chemist at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA Agriculture Research Service and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition at UC Davis.

The study examined the effects of fresh sweet cherry consumption on concentrations of risk factors for chronic diseases. Researchers studied 16 women and 2 men who had slightly elevated C-reactive protein levels, an inflammatory biomarker, and who were between the ages of 45 and 61. The study took place in two phases, starting in 2006 and the just published March 2013 results in the issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

The participants who consumed 2 cups of sweet bing cherries for 2 weeks reduced the blood marker for inflammation by 10 percent. At 4 weeks of daily consumption the inflammation markers were reduced by 25 percent. Other research is showing cherries could alleviate symptoms such gout and muscle and joint point following exercise. In addition, when looking over many studies we see the benefits extend to fresh cherries, dried cherries and cherry juice. And as I mentioned at the start of this article, while most cherry research had focused on tart cherries, the newer research confirms similar health benefits from the sweet, fresh cherries including the popular Bing variety.

Sleep Enhancing and Immune-Boosting Effects

In addition to their inflammation lowering effects, cherries are rich in melatonin for an aid to sleep and contain immune-boosting antioxidants like vitamin C. Another recent study is showing positive effects of eating cherries with the lowering of stroke risk in animals.  Whether eating them or drinking their juice, cherries are looking very good these days, especially now when they are in season with fresh cherries out in force.

Almond Milk And Cherry Drink

almond milk. One of the benefits of ou A very tasty drink is to take a cup of pitted cherries and put them through your juicer, followed by a cup of  soaked almonds and 1 cup or so of water. Add an apple if you want it a bit sweeter. It tastes great while at the same time, you receive all the benefits of the cherries and almonds in one glass.

Bing Cherry Almond Milk
1 cup pitted cherries, bing or similar sweet red variety.
1 cup almonds, soak overnight or 12 to 24 hours, rinse and drain.
1 cup water, depending on how thick you prefer.
1 apple, if needed for added sweetness.

Start with the pitted cherries, follow with the almonds and water, then add the apple.

How to Make Green Juices Taste Delicious

It’s our Magic 3 – and boy are they magical.  It’s amazing just how much they can change the way our taste buds react to the darker green juice combinations.  Even your children will love them, and oh yes, even your reluctant partner in love.

Here is the easiest way to make those dark green juices come alive and taste spectacular!

MAGIC 3

  1. Limes/Lemons
  2. Fresh Mint (Spearmint and Peppermint are the best tasting)
  3. Apples or Pears

TOP GREENS

If you use the following leafy and nutritious greens, then our Magic 3 can work magic on the taste. The TOP Greens, nutrition wise,  not in any specific order are kale, spinach, parsley, swiss chard, collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, broccoli, green and red romaine lettuces and green and red cabbage.

Here is a good example of how to balance out your green drinks. Make your juice combo have these percentages:

  • 80% from any one of the top greens above
  • 10% from apples or pears
  • 10% from lemons or limes

If you leave the peel on the limes and/or lemons, this will make your drink stronger. If your produce is not organic, please never use the skin, but double up on the lime and/or lemons because without the skin, they are not as potent.  So, for example, if you are using 1  lime with skin, we say use 2 limes without the peel.

One Fruit And No More!

We do not recommend adding any other fruit into the green juice combinations because if you add too much fruit,  you will mitigate any real value in absorption of nutrients and the drink becomes much less alkaline.  The whole idea is to absorb nutrients and to receive the benefits of the high alkalinity from these green juices. That’s why we limit the sweetness to only 10% of the drink.  Keep it down to 10% and you’ll be fine, even if you want to add 10% of pineapple as the only sweetener.  I don’t recommend it, but if you must, then just do the 10%.

Mint Can Be A Great Addition

Add as much of the mint into the drinks as you like because they are a leafy herb, rich in nutrients and very low in sugars.  Even the limes or lemons can be extended to 20% if you have to in the beginning, to start to train your taste buds to like the green juices.  But I am asking you not to add too much fruit.  The secret is to add more mint to the drink if you are struggling along with a lime.

Anti-Cancer Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Apigenin

Foods with ApigeninLast year I wrote two blog posts about the compound, Apigenin. We covered the latest research about this bioflavonoid, (actually a flavone) and how it was showing very promising anti-breast cancer results. Because the information surrounding apigenin is mounting, in this post I wanted to dig a little deeper and present more findings about some of the results other studies are showing. Also I’ll list more of the plants where this flavone is found so you can put them to use in your daily juices and salads.

Reduced Breast Cancer Tumors And Cell Progression

As I mentioned above, apigenin was shown to cause the development of less breast cancer tumors and also significant delays in tumor development compared to rats that were not given this compound. In another study Apigenin was shown to reduce breast cancer cell progression with mice. In addition this compound also shrank existing cancer tumors for even stronger evidence to suggest further research as an alternative to chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer.

Exhibits Anti-Inflammatory Properties

As more studies are undertaken to look further into the benefits of consuming plants that contain this valuable compound, recent studies show apigenin to possess anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties separate from well-known anti-oxidant effects. One study concludes these in vitro studies provide further evidence to suggest that this compound “may have neuroprotective/disease-modifying properties in various neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD).”

High Concentrations Available From Plants

Apigenin can be found in a number of vegetables, herbs and fruits. It’s most concentrated in parsley, celery, grapefruits and oranges. It’s also found in herbs such as thyme, tarragon, cilantro, foxglove, coneflower, licorice, flax, passion flower, horehound, spearmint, basil and oregano. Chamomile tea provides an especially abundant source as well.

Juice Combo

It’s easy to see how valuable the compound apigenin can be to our well being with it’s health-enhancing, cancer protective and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also very easy to get these benefits simply by consuming plants that are rich with this flavone. Include parsley and celery in your daily juices as Jay Kordich has been recommending for decades. Use our highly efficient PowerGrind Pro juicer to make a fresh glass of vegetable juice and put these nutrients to work for you every day.

Here is one of Jay’s favorite recipes of all time:
- Handful of Parsley
- 5 or 6 Carrots
- 2 Celery stalks
- 1 Apple

 

 

Reduce Heart Attacks With Strawberries & Blueberries

Strawberries nutrition info

A new study is showing evidence of reduced heart attacks among women who ate at least 3 servings of strawberries or blueberries per week. A cup of raw strawberries contains only 50 calories yet research is saying it’s jam-packed with disease-preventing nutrients.

Strawberries and blueberries are becoming known to contain a powerhouse of beneficial nutrients for us. This study takes a look at Anthocyanins, which are antioxidant compounds called flavonoids. The colors of red, orange, violet hues, these come from anthocyanins and are now being singled out as important for our overall health as demonstrated from this study and others.

Decreased Heart Attack Risk With 3 Servings Per Week

This new analysis comes from the Harvard School of Public Health where the researchers used data from an 18 year look at 93,600 women ages 25-42, known as the Nurses Health Study II. The purpose to was determine if there was a relationship between the amount of anthocyanins and other flavonoid intake and the risk of heart attack. The women were considered healthy at the beginning of the study and were asked to fill out food questionnaires every 4 years. Over the course of the study, 405 heart attacks were reported.

Berries Study InfoThe researchers compared women who ate various servings of berries per week or month. The data shows a 33% decrease in heart attacks among those who ate at least 3 servings per week of berries versus those who ate one serving per month or less. Dr. Aedín Cassidy, the lead researcher said, “We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Reduce Blood Pressure by 12%

The scientists believe the anthocyanins are responsible for the lower heart attacks not only from the results of this latest study but also from others that have come before. In 2011, research from the UK’s University of East Anglia Medical School studied 87,242 men and women over a 14 year period. During that time frame, those who had the highest consumption of anthocyanins – mostly from eating blueberries and strawberries – were 8% less likely to have high blood pressure when compared to those with the least anthocyanin intake. Additionally, participants who were less than 60 years old had a 12% reduced risk of hypertension.

Juice Your Berries. It’s Simple!

From a juicing perspective, it’s very easy to incorporate berries into your diet by simply putting a handful into your PowerGrind Pro juicer while making your juice combos. Strawberries taste great in just about any veggie juice recipe. Adding berries while making almond milk, orange juice or other fruit drinks is also very tasty and easy to do.

Another idea is simply to replace pie and cake desserts with a bowl of sliced strawberries and bananas. What I like to do is freeze a banana, (remove peel before freezing) then slice the frozen banana over strawberries. Add some shredded unsweetened coconut for a very nutritious and delicious dessert.

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Eleven Mean Green Juice

This is Day Eleven of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Eleven – Mean Green Juice

This is a powerhouse drink that combines antioxidants from high nutrient greens with potassium from celery and apple, bioflavonoids from lemon and the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger.

Mean Green Juice Recipe
6 kale leaves
1 cucumber
2 green apples
4 celery stalks
1/2 lemon with the skin
1/2 inch ginger or to taste

Watch Jay Kordich make this recipe with his PowerGrind Pro juicer

 

 

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Ten Jay’s Famous Lemonade

This is Day Ten of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Ten – Jay’s Famous Lemonade

Most everyone loves an ice cold glass of freshly made lemonade. In the video below Jay Kordich says if you’ve never made HIS famous lemonade, then you haven’t had REAL lemonade. No sugar is used, just lemon and apples.

Did you know that the white pulp of lemons is chock full of bioflavonoids?  This provides antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, protects against free radical damage and strengthens weak blood vessels and cataracts. Lemons are also high in vitamin C, yet another powerful antioxidant as well as a strong builder of the immune system. Also they are one of the best alkaline foods you can put in your body.

JAY’S FAMOUS LEMONADE Recipe:
1/4 lemon,  two apples.

As you’ll see, Jay is using the outside skin as well as the inside of the lemon. For this reason, we recommend a thorough washing of the lemon before juicing, even if you purchase organic lemons.

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Nine Cantaloupe Juice

This is Day Nine of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Nine – Cantaloupe Juice

One of the best fruits to make into juice is cantaloupe. It has an amazingly different, more creamy and vanilla shake taste when juiced. The way to get that extra taste is by juicing with the skin and all, cut into strips and run through your juice machine. If it’s a conventional melon, you may want to consider removing the skin to avoid pesticide residue.

The orange-yellow color of the flesh of a cantaloupe tells us it’s full of beta-carotene. We know from years of nutrition research that this provides many anti-cancer benefits as well as helping to give our skin a healthy glow. It also contains high levels of potassium that works synergistically with sodium and is important in regulating nerve and muscle activity.

At first it looks like the antioxidant levels are lower than other fruits but when you juice cantaloupe this will concentrate those nutrients and actually provides more polyphenol concentration than many other fruits. Therefore juicing cantaloupe is an easy way to add all of these valuable nutrients to the body.

Lower Inflammation Indicated by Research

A study involving hundreds of women has shown cantaloupe to be effective at lowering the risk of metabolic syndrome in those who ate the most fruit. The five fruits that contributed most to total fruit intake were apples, grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, and bananas. The indicator most used to show lower inflammation levels, C-Reactive Protein, (CRP) was at healthy levels in the group that ate the greatest amount, approx. 12 oz per day. It’s indicated that the anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in cantaloupe and other fruits helped the women have lower, healthy CRP levels as well as less risk for metabolic syndrome.

Here’s Jay making cantaloupe juice with his PowerGrind Pro juicer.

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Eight The Liver Mover

This is Day Eight of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Eight –  Liver Mover

Over 40 years ago Jay Kordich created one of his signature drink combinations simply using beets and apples. He calls it The Liver Mover. In the video below Jay makes this drink and talks about the importance of making sure your liver is performing at top efficiency. He says “Your liver is one of your key organs and it’s imperative it’s functioning properly for optimum health.”

Through the benefit of years and also recent clinical studies about beets, we now know even more about the benefits, not only for eating beets, but also beet juice. Research now indicates beet juice can improve brain function, especially in older adults.

Beets are high in nitrates that stimulate circulation to benefit intestinal health, blood pressure and exercise performance. In a recent study daily beet juice consumption was shown to improve blood flow, especially to the frontal lobe of the brain where cognitive function is more critical as we age.

Jay’s Liver Mover is easy to make using his PowerGrind Pro juicer and provides measurable benefits. It’s tasty too! The recipe is 1/2 beet and one or two apples.

Now here’s Jay:

Jay’s Holiday Dozen Day Seven Mint Julep

This is Day Seven of 12 consecutive posts with Jay demonstrating how to make each juice recipe. Also included is nutrition and research information to compliment Jay’s choice of fruit and/or vegetable drinks.  Happy Holidays from all of us at JayKordich.com

Day Seven –  Jay’s Mint Julep

First up is the Mint with many health benefits. An anti-oxidant with disease preventing properties, it contains the essential oil Menthol, an analgesic, (pain killer) and counter-irritant. Research has shown mint to relax the intestinal wall and help with irritable bowel syndrome.

Mint contains calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as vitamin A, beta carotine, vitamin C and E. There are also B-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin and B-6 and it also contains vitamin-K.

Next is Lemon with the skin and the white pulp. High in potassium for reduced risk of stroke, they also offer pectin for controlling cholesterol and of course vitamin C and bioflavonoids for strong blood vessels and eye health. Hesperetin and naringenin are flavonoids in lemons that show anti-inflammatory properties and immune system support.

Research indicates the lemon peel and oil helps reduce the risk of skin cancer. It also contains a substance called Limonene, which produces anti cancer properties in lab research and increases beneficial enzymes in the liver. Plus the vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and helps with allergic reactions.

Finally the apple. Research conducted at Cornell University has also shown apples may help keep breast cancer away, as well as the doctor.  Apples are full of phytonutrients for blood sugar regulation and flavonoids like Quercetin to help break down carbohydrates into simple sugars.

They have polyphenols that have been shown to lessen the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract and to stimulate cells in the pancreas to secrete insulin. This increases the uptake of glucose from the blood contributing to better regulation of blood sugar.

Apples are also high in pectin for controlling cholesterol. They have a strong antioxidant composition that helps with the oxidation of fats in our diet and apples have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties that is still being studied aggressively by scientists and researchers worldwide.

Sound good?  Use Jay’s PowerGrind Pro juicer and make a glassful today. You’ll be glad you did.

Recipe:
1 Handful Spearmint Leaves
1/2 Lemon with the skin
3 or 4 Apples.
Ice

Here’s Jay: